Blessings from the Holy Mountain - 02/09/20
On Sunday, February 9, the faithful were presented with Prayers Ropes, Icons, and Incense from the Holy Mountain of Athos. These gifts were brought back by Michael Cook, who recently made pilgrimage to Greece and the Holy Mountain, bringing back with him these items for the parishioners as a blessing. Among the monasteries Michael visited was Xenophontos, a 10th century monastery dedicated to St. George, where a close friend of Michael's and a number of Americans have made their spiritual home.
Meeting of the Lord / Double Baptisms - 02/01/20
On Sunday, February 2, 2020, we celebrated the Great Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple as well as the Baptisms of John Isaac Davidson and Emory Emilia Kostyk. We sincerely congratulate the newly-illumined John and Emilia as well as their sponsors, their family, and their friends on this special day. May the Lord grant them all health, strength, salvation, furtherance in every good thing, and many blessed years!
2020 Annual Meeting - 01/26/20
On Sunday, January 26th, the parishioners of Christ the Savior gathered together for their annual meeting. In addition to reviewing the minutes from last year's meeting, the parish body heard reports from the rector, senior warden, junior warden, treasurer, auditors, and entrance commission.
March For Life 2020 - 01/24/20
On Friday, January 24, parishioners from Christ the Savior joined other Orthodox Christians and hundreds of thousands of people who gathered for the March For Life in Washington, DC. The march is a pro-life rally protesting abortion, held in the nation's capital near the anniversary of the infamous decision in the United States Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade. The March was preceded by the Divine Liturgy held at St. Nicholas Cathedral where His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon spoke about the significance of the day and the sanctity of life given by God.
New Catechumens: Judy and Matthew Williams - 01/12/20
On Sunday, January 12, we were pleased to welcome Judy and Matthew Williams into the catechumenate during the Divine Liturgy. We humbly ask the Lord's continued blessing upon them as they prepare themselves for sacramental reception into the Orthodox Church!
Great Blessing of Water - 01/06/20
On Holy Theophany, the faithful gathered to commemorate Christ's baptism in the Jordan River and the revelation of the Holy Trinity. We served the Great Blessing of Water, a sacred rite of the Church which extends to us the blessing of the water sanctified by the Lord's entrance into the Jordan. We rejoice in this holy feast which brings about our renewal, regeneration, and santification. We send up glory, honor, and worship to our true God Who has revealed Himself to us!
Reception of the Howard Family - 01/05/20
On Sunday, January 5, the Eve of Theophany, we were pleased to receive the Howard family into the Orthodox Church through the Holy Mysteries of Baptism, Confession, Chrismation, and the Eucharist. We heartily congratulate Lowen (Silouan), Rachael (Elizabeth), Judah (Panteleimon), Lewis (George), and Martin (Herman) as well as their sponsors, their family, and their friends on this special day. May the Lord grant them all health, strength, salvation, furtherance in every good thing, and many blessed years!
New Year / New Chalice Set - 01/01/20
On January 1, 2020 as we celebrated the feast of the Lord's Circumcision and the commemoration of St. Basil the Great, we were pleased to bless a new chalice set and candlestick, donated in memory of Catherine Lupiwok, who reposed this past year. We thank the generous donors and ask that the Lord grant the departed handmaiden of God, Catherine, memory eternal and blessed repose. Likewise, we humbly ask the Lord God to bless one and all during the New Year. May 2020 bring an increase in godliness, growth for the Church, peace for the world, and glory to the Lord Almighty!
Christ the Savior Orthodox Church
10315 Carey Road
Berlin, MD 21811